On this episode of the A to Z Running Podcast, we interview Dr. Todd Buckingham about the science of losing fitness. Understanding what happens as we build and lose fitness helps shape how we train.
MAIN TOPIC: THE SCIENCE OF LOSING FITNESS.
Main Topic: The Science of Losing Fitness
Today we discuss the topic of losing fitness.
Related podcast episodes:
The Science of Building Fitness with Todd Buckingham, Ph.D
Cycling for Runners with Todd Buckingham, Ph.D
Todd Buckingham, Ph.D, coach, runner, and triathlete, talks us through all the science.
While you’re listening, pay close attention to what Todd says at the end about the need for rest and fluctuations of fitness.
- Most runners are likely taking time off for one of three reasons:
- (1) Injury (or recovery)
- (2) Life necessitates it
- (3) Burnout
- When we don’t have a choice, our mindset should always be around what can we be doing to mitigate the lack of running.
- Too busy and can’t train fully? Does that mean you also can’t train at all?
- Injured severely? Is there another activity your body can healthily support?
- When it’s burnout, there’s a good chance we need to try something different for a bit. Scaling back, adjusting activity type, etc. all help
This can be a tricky thing, so if you want another set of eyes on your situation, send a question our way and we will answer it on air!
About our Guest: Todd Buckingham, Ph.D
Todd Buckingham, Ph.D., Lead Exercise Physiologist, Mary Free Bed Sports Rehabilitation Performance Lab.
- 2x World Champion Sprint and Olympic distance Triathlon
- 11x National Champion in multisport events (i.e., triathlon, duathlon, and aquathlon)
- 2:25:29 marathon PR
- Worked with all levels of athletes from beginners to NCAA division 1 to professional
- Earned his Ph.D. in Kinesiology from Michigan State University
- Expert in endurance performance testing and studied performance in triathletes for his dissertation
Not only does Todd’s expertise lie directly in our topic today, but Todd is also a runner and triathlete. He has won numerous road races and US national triathlons.
WORLD OF RUNNING
AtoZrunners shout-out to Kristi who ran the Myrtle Beach half marathon
#1. USATF 15k Road Championships
- Hosted by Gate River Run
Emily Sisson became the third fastest American in the distance race of all time.
Swept by the Emilys.
- Emily Sisson 47:28
- Emily Durgin 49:17
- Emily Infeld 49:46
- Sarah Pagano 49:51
- Nell Rojas 49:58
- Annie Frisbie 50:14
- Jessie Cardin 50:28
- Lexie Thompson 50:44
- Bria Wetsch 51:11
- Tayler Tuttle 51:25
- You may not recognize the name of our winner today, but he’s no stranger to high level races. This is, however, his first national championship win. He’s a Olympic Trials marathon qualifier and has posted an exceptional half marathon PR of 1:01:13. mone-tan-ez
- Nico Montanez 43:09
- Leonard Korir 43:13 -Olympian
- Hillary Bor 43:14 -Olympian
- Abbabiya Simbassa 43:22
- Colin Bennie 43:25
- Futsum Zienasellassie 43:28
- Galen Rupp 43:31
- Zach Panning 43:31
- Matthew McClintock 43:56
- Jacob Thomson 44:09
#2. Tokyo Marathon
- Eliud Kipchoge (Kenya) won his first Tokyo Marathon, his 4th different majors and 9th total
- Ran 2:02:40, the 4th fastest marathon time (1st and 3rd are also his)
- Kengo Suzuki of Japan was 4th overall and first Japanese in 2:05:28 (only about 30 seconds off his own national record)
- First for USA was
- Brigid Kosgei (Kenya) won her first Tokyo (3rd different majors and 5th overall)
- Ran 2:16:02, and only she and Paula Radcliffe have ever run faster
- Won by nearly 2 minutes over Ashete Bekere (Ethiopia)
- First for USA was Sara Hall in 8th place
- Quick reflection: Kipchoge has never run Boston or NYC – the only 2 majors he doesn’t have.
- My impression: he goes for NYC in 2022 or 2023 and Boston in 2023 to round out the full majors sweep before another attempt at Olympic gold in 2024
#3. Sound Running TEN
- Women’s Race
- 9 women qualified with the World Standard.
- Elise Cranny ran just over second off of Molly Huddle’s American record.
- Men’s Race
- In a matter of only 23 days Grant Fisher claimed his second American Record.
- Grant ran 26:33.84 over Galen Rupp’s 26:44.84.
- Fisher’s time became the 7th fastest in the world’s history.
- Leading until the final turn was Canada’s phenom Mo Ahmed who missed the win, but crushed the Canadian record by a whooping 25 seconds. Ahmed moved up to #9 on the world all-time list.
- The final kick is on YouTube